My son died of a heroin overdose. Trump must listen to his own commission

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:28:08 AM. 'Just say no' didn't work during the Reagan years, and such empty rhetoric won't work now. We need treatment programs that offer empathy and compassion.
By Patricia A. Roos On May 11, 2015, our 25-year old son Alex died of a heroin overdose, three years after he graduated from college. We had long feared that when he "hit bottom" he'd be dead. When two black-clad Newark police officers arrived at our door, we knew the worst had happened. In the midst of terror attacks in NYC and promises for tax reform, the opioid epidemic remains an important constant, especially for those of us personally affected. The epidemic is back in the news again, this time via President Trump's declaration of a National Public Health Emergency and the Final Report of the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Regrettably, Trump's declaration was mostly of the "just-say-no" variety, with few resources dedicated to the problem. Moreover, this administration's policies threaten to make this health care catastrophe even worse.  The Trump administration must listen to its own Commission. The interim and final reports underscore the seriousness of the epidemic and recommend more federal money and action to fight addiction. The reports document the staggering consequences of the epidemic: more than 142 people die every day from drug overdoses. Every three weeks, the death toll replicates the American body-count on Sept. 11, 2001. Using data from counties and the Office of the Medical Examiner, NJ Advance Media recently found that more than 2000 New Jerseyans died of a drug overdose in 2016, more than from guns, car...Read more
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